In a statement issued by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) in conjunction with the National Water Commission (Conagua), it was reported on the state of the climate in Mexico during 2020 and the outlook for 2021.
Said document stated that the average national temperature in 2020 was 72.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the same as in 2017 and 2019, and considered the three warmest years since 1953, with 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit above the average between 1981 and 2010.
Regarding the latter, Jorge Zavala Hidalgo, general coordinator of the National Meteorological Service (SMN) mentioned that in that same period (between 1981 and 2010) the planet increased 0.98 degrees; so he argued that the temperature in Mexico is increasing faster than it is globally, being one of the main reasons the impact of climate change, which is greater in the northern hemisphere of the planet.
And although it is known about global warming, Zavala commented that it is not homogeneous throughout the globe, causing a differential warming that modifies all atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns.
The Semarnat and Conagua report indicated that the average global temperature, at two meters from the surface, placed 2020 as the second warmest year on record since 1880, with a positive anomaly of 0.98 degrees Celsius - only 0.02 degrees Celsius cooler than 2016, considered the warmest year on record - according to the State of the Climate 2020 report, published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Based on this and other information gathered thanks to observations made by the Conagua, on which the SMN depends, Zavala said that Mexico is warming faster than the rest of the planet.
With information from Milenio.
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